Former North Melbourne coach Rhyce Shaw will return to AFL coaching ranks in 2021, joining Gold Coast as head of development.
Shaw left the Kangaroos by mutual agreement in October to deal with personal issues after a turbulent season for the club.
He had two seasons left to run on a three-year contract.
The 39-year-old remains a respected figure in the football industry and will now reunite with Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew.
The pair formed a strong bond in eight years together at Sydney, where Shaw finished his playing career and moved into a coaching position while Dew was an assistant under John Longmire.
Shaw will play a key role for Gold Coast in moulding one of the competition’s most exciting young lists, featuring high-end draft picks Matt Rowell, Noah Anderson, Ben King, Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine, among others.
“I am really excited to join the Suns and to play a role in developing the group, both from an on-field and off-field perspective,” Shaw said in a club statement.
“It’s a great opportunity for me and my family to experience a new city and a new role at a club that is clearly heading in the right direction and I am looking forward to the challenge.
“I’ve got a great relationship with Stuey (Dew) and I am excited about joining him and the rest of the coaching panel next year and seeing what we can all achieve as a club.”
Shaw played 237 games for Collingwood and Sydney, including the Swans’ 2012 premiership, and had a 10-19 record in charge of North Melbourne.